Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James told press Saturday that the Dallas Mavericks should be over the moon that they were able to land Dennis Smith Jr. in the 2017 NBA draft.
James said after the Cavaliers’ 111-104 win at American Airlines Center. “The [New York] Knicks passed on a really good one.” Adding: “Dallas got the diamond in the rough. He should be a Knick. That’s going to make some headlines, but he should be a Knick. …
“He’s an unbelievable talent. Athleticism. He’s very poised to be his age. Can shoot the ball, can penetrate. He’s only going to get better and better with the opportunities that he’s given here to play. Dallas got a good one.”
James is on the money.
Although Smith has only 11 games under his belt, he looks every bit, the part of a franchise point guard.
In his five November appearances, Smith has averaged 19.0 points, 4.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
He bolstered those totals with 21 points, seven dimes, five boards, two blocks and a pair of steals while shooting 8-of-16 from the field against the Cavaliers.